June 4, 2020

Salute to the Warriors on the Front Line

James Velasquez, MD

  • Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Brooklyn, NY
    Emergency Medicine Resident 
  • I am Native American and a member of the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe of Southern California. 
  • Role in this response: Emergency Department 

Cynthia Lopez RN EMS-RN

  • Colmery-O’Neil VAMC, Topeka KS
  • 15 years of Emergency Nursing/HAZMAT/CBRNE/Mass Casualty training
  • 8 years served in USAF and USAFR
  • 3 years of Flight nursing (Fixed wing) with deployments for FEMA
  • Currently Nurse Manager of Emergency Department. 
  • Role in this response: Emergency Department nurse, newly turned Nurse Manager for the Topeka VA Emergency Department. Prior military and Flight training are valuable for contingency planning if the ED becomes saturated. Plans to set up Alaska tents in event ED becomes saturated. These tents can be set up by military units in a matter of hours when activated.

Laura Lavicoli, MD, FACEP

  • Department of Emergency Medicine
    NYCHH Elmhurst
  • Associate Director
  • EMS/ Emergency Management Director
    Assistant Professor
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Lieutenant London Woodward

  • Lt. Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Neodesha Fire/EMS Department
  • Kansas Task Force 4 Medical Specialist

Detective Specialist Dennis Canale, P.A.

  • Staten Island University 
  • Hospital – Northwell Health
  • 20 years NYPD law enforcement
  • 14 years NYPD ESU (Tactical Swat/Rescue Team)
  • 9/11 First Responder
  • Active Shooter Responder
  • NAEMT Affiliate Faculty
  • NYPD ESU Medical Training School Coordinator
  • NYS Department of Health Instructor Coordinator
  • Lead Tactical Medic for NYPD ESU, Multiple hostage, barricade, emotionally disturbed persons rescue, Offshore Medevac/Air Rescues.

Interview with Det. Canale, PA by Katie Couric

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Yahoo Life interview with Det. Canale, PA

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Henry A. Curtis, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Immediate Past Chair ACEP Disaster Medicine Section
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department of Emergency Medicine

Keenan Fyfe, Firefighter/AEMT

  • Neodesha Fire/EMS Department

Emily Sagalyn, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAWM, DiMM

  • Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno, NV Emergency Medicine Physician

Stan Chartoff, MD, MPH, FACEP 

  • Hartford Hospital/University of Connecticut
    Hartford, Connecticut 
  • Air Force Reserve Colonel
  • Team Rubicon Northeast Territory Medical Director
  • African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership critical care course director Uganda
  • Hartford Hospital Emergency Department COVID-19 response
  • Team Rubicon - deployed to Navajo Nation for COVID-19 response support
  • Trained medical personnel involved in Uganda’s COVID-19 response 

Kristen Lockwood, RN

  • Emergency Department Christus Spohn Health Systems
    Corpus Christi, TX
  • ER Registered Nurse 

Johan Zamoscianyk, Emergency Department Technician

  • Medical University of South Carolina
    Charleston, SC
  • EMT/first responder in NYC to 9/11
    HazMat for Healthcare Instructor
  • Role in this response – Assigned to MUSC’s mobile testing unit, in charge of this unit’s Decontamination Unit.  Will now be traveling the state of South Carolina to help other institutions set up mobile testing units.

Michael A. Gisondi, MD

  • Stanford University
    Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Vice Chair of Education, Emergency Medicine
    Emergency Physician, Medical Educator

Mike Searcy and K9 Zoom, Firefighter and K9 Search Specialist

  • Kansas City Kansas Fire Department Driver and Search and Rescue K9 Handler
  • KSTF 3 Rescue and Technical Search Specialist
  • K9 Search Specialist
  • 16-year veteran of Kansas City Kansas Fire Department
  • 11-year veteran of Rescue Division
  • 10 Urban Search and Rescue or specialty deployments outside Kansas City in positions ranging from Team Leader to K9 Search Specialist


  • Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, OH
  • Native Colombian
  • Residency trained at NYMC-Metropolitan in NYC
  • Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine
  • Adoptive New Yorker, Medical Educator, EM Residency Program Director in Lima, OH.
  • 2019 ACEP X-TREME Instructor 2019
  • Station lead for 2 years at EMRA MedWars.
  • Role on COVID response: Founding program director at new residency program. Performing resident onboarding and new residency activities during this pandemic. Coordinating rotating residents from other departments amid the situation. Lectured at Wellness discussions for the hospital’s residents to help deal with the stress, fears, and rapid changes this pandemic brought. Also, Front Line ED doc.

LtCol Jeremy Brandt, PA-C

  • Community HealthCare System, Onaga, Kansas, Frankfort Clinic
  • Studied at Kansas State University
  • Completed Physician Assistant program at St. Louis University
  • Master’s degree in physician assistant studies, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Licensed X-ray technologist, which enables the Frankfort Clinic, where he is the lead provider, to offer basic radiologic services.
  • Greater than 20 years of service in the Armed Forces and continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Kansas Air National Guard 190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field, Topeka, KS.
  • “I had the fortune to deploy to Iraq and serve with extraordinarily high-quality men and women in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 with the 2-130 Field Artillery Battalion headquartered in Hiawatha, KS,”
  • Co-clinical advisor for the Northeast Kansas Healthcare Coalition
  • He loves helping people “as a PA, I would be positioned to return to the communities that helped shape me and the values that I hold today.”

Justin Grisham DO, Emergency Ultrasound Fellow

  • Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma WA
  • Fellowship in Austere and Wilderness Medicine
  • My medical school (A.T. Still University of Health Sciences –Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine) had an awesome student-led Disaster Medicine elective. 
  • Role in this COVID response - Emergency Department 

William Chiang, M.D.

  • Wilderness Medicine Fellow
    UCSF-Fresno, Fresno California
  • Grew up and trained in NYC.
  • Now in Wilderness Medicine Fellowship in Fresno
  • Returned to NYC to help with Emergency department staffing and patient care

Lillian Lockwood, MD, FACEP

  • Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center
    Select Specialty Hospital Kansas City
  • ACEP Disaster Section Newsletter Editor
    ACEP Wilderness and Disaster Medicine Liaison
  • Kansas Task Force Medical Team Manager and K9 Search Specialist
    Kansas Search and Rescue Dog Association, Wilderness/Area K9 Search Specialist
  • Developed ACEP X-TREME Disaster and Wilderness Medicine Pre-Conference for ACEP 2019, Denver, CO
  • Super Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Response, Philippines
  • North East Kansas and Kansas City Metro Healthcare Coalition Clinical Advisor

Robert Flood, MD

  • SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital/Saint Louis University
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Division Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Division Chief

Dov Frankel MD MSc FACEP

  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore Maryland
  • He has also developed short videos with hot topics on COVID
  • Role in this COVID response: ER Physician and community physician leader. Coordinating other physicians in the community to safeguard our community.
  • He can be found on Instagram @ed_professor
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